Pete Gomez is a highly motivated and enthusiastic Fire Service professional with a current specialty in the field of Emergency Management. With over 34 years of experience in just about every aspect of the Fire Service, Pete brings a very well-rounded perspective and wealth of experience to any organization.
Pete joined the public sector as a Police Officer in the City of Hialeah in 1983 and worked there until 1985 when he joined the Miami Fire Department. As a member of the Miami Fire Department, he’s been a very proactive in becoming certified in many of the special response areas such as the Dive Team, Hazardous Materials Team, and the Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR). Pete has held the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, Executive Assistant to the Fire Chief and currently holds the rank of Assistant Chief of the Division of Emergency Management, with the responsibility of being the City’s Emergency Manager. He recently led the City’s response to Hurricane Irma and is working on the Recovery from Irma. He served as a liaison in the State EOC in support of the State’s efforts for Hurricane Michael.
As the Assistant Chief of Emergency Management, Pete is the administrator of the Department of Homeland Security’s Urbans Area Security Imitative (UASI) which brings millions of dollars into the South Florida region for the purpose of homeland Security. The Urban Search and Rescue Team is one of the 28 Federally funded Teams that response to disasters nationally as well as internationally such as the World Trade Center collapse and the recent earthquake in Haiti, the response to Florence and most recently, the Pan Handle of Florida for hurricane Michael. He is a member of the State of Florida’s Domestic Oversight Council, Executive Board, Co-Chair of the Special Response Teams Coordinating Group and belongs to the Regional Domestic Security Task Force. Pete is one of the committee members of the City of Miami’s Sea Level Rise Committee.
Pete received an Associate of Arts degree from Miami Dade Community College and his Bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas University in Fire Science Management. He received his Master’s degree from American Military University graduating Cum Laude with a 3.975 GPA.
Being married to his wife Denise of 30 years, Pete has a 26-year-old son that graduated from Florida State University and a 23-year-old daughter who also graduated from FSU.